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See, the gym across the street has this big window—like the whole wall is a window—and they have those machines that make you feel like you walking up steps and so everybody just be facing the bus stop, looking all crazy like they’re about to pass out.

This book was just as good as I remembered and definitely one that needs to be in the hands in as many kids as possibly. Ma said the cops said that when they got to the house, he was sitting outside on the steps, shirtless, with the pistol beside him, guzzling beer, eating sunflower seeds, waiting. Mike Lupica and Tim Green may rule the field but that doesn’t mean other people don’t make a lot out of athletics.

He is on faculty at Lesley University, for the Writing for Young People MFA Program and lives in Washington, DC. Not sure how he found out that was some kinda special talent, and I can’t even imagine how much snot be in those balloons, but hey, it’s a thing and Andrew’s the best at it. I had my head sandwiched between the mattress and my pillow, something I got used to doing whenever they were going at it, when my mom crashed into my bedroom. Reynolds has created a character whose journey is so genuine" NEW YORK TIMES; "An endearing protagonist runs the first, fast leg of Reynolds' promising relay.

Without thinking about it twice Ghost beats the guy on the track, running on the outside, which gets the attention of the coach. Then one day he spots a track warm-up and takes an instant dislike to the albino kid in the expensive tracksuit.But now, after challenging a sprinter to a race at the local track, he’s won himself a place on an elite running team. Ghost touches on thievery, drug abuse, gun violence, bullying, honesty, family dynamics, friendship, and finding healthy ways to channel anger and hurt into positive action. It's about time that I finish this series and figure out what happens with all of the other characters. The sound was big, and sharp enough to make me feel like my brain was gonna pop in my head, enough to make my heart hiccup.

This book was heartfelt and definitely teaches kids a great lesson about not letting certain situations define your character. As I've stated in my previous thoughts, Ghost (Castle) is such a complex character and it's through his complexity that readers are truly able to appreciate the story as a whole. From fast-paced football matches to school and family drama, this novel written in verse has something for everyone and will grip reluctant readers from page one. His character is so authentic, you wouldn’t be surprised if he walked straight off the page, living and breathing.Or Ghost saying later, “… for something to make you feel tough, you gotta be a little bit scared of it at first. So I check that out for a little while like it’s some kind of movie: The About to Pass Out Show, starring stair-stepper person one through ten. But when Ghost impulsively challenges an elite sprinter to a race — and wins — the Olympic medalist track coach sees he has something: crazy natural talent. Ghost must come to terms with what he's running from and decide where he's running to: "you can't run away from who you are, but what you can do is run toward who you want to be. Jason Reynolds is a New York Times bestselling author, a Newbery Award Honoree, a Printz Award Honoree, National Book Award Honoree, a Kirkus Award winner, a two time Walter Dean Myers Award winner, an NAACP Image Award Winner, and the recipient of multiple Coretta Scott King honors.

This book is the first of Jason Reynolds’s middle grade series about track, and what a beginning this is.

We are often affected by forces outside our control, forces we don’t even necessarily notice, particularly when we’re children. KIRKUS REVIEWS; "Reynolds (As Brave As You) uses a light hand to delve into topics that include gun violence, class disparity, and bullying in this compelling series opener. Then he’d shake up the seeds in his palm like dice, before throwing another bunch in his grill to chomp down on. Either Ghost coupled with The Crossover or a novel I have done in previous years, Peak by Roland Smith (which I am not totally enamored with, either). Jason Reynolds is an American author of novels and poetry for young adult and middle-grade audience.

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